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Large 19th-century Russian-language wall map of the world, issued by Russia's premier map publisher - the Cartographic Establishment of Alexey Ilyin.

The map was probably prepared for use in Russian schools at the end of the last quarter of the 19th century. The map is undated but can be ascribed a date range by the fact that Istanbul is called Constantinople, Alaska exists, South Africa is not so-called, Rhodesia does not exist, and Bolivia is landlocked. This gives us a date range of 1884-1895.


Tracing Russian-language maps is difficult, but a general search, including of OCLC, results in no other examples. We can reasonably conclude that the map is very rare in the West, and possibly in Russia as well.

Condition Description
Color-lithograph on paper. Segmented and mounted on original linen. Some stains and small chips. Small separations to linen. Good to VG.